ERIC Number: ED343423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Minimize Subjective Theory, Maximize Authentic Experience in the Teaching of French Civilization.
Corredor, Eva L.
A program developed to teach French civilization and modern France at the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, Maryland) was designed to take advantage of readily available, relatively sophisticated technology for classroom instruction. The hardware used includes a satellite earth station that receives regular television broadcasts from France, a central mainframe computer with a variety of systems and services, a personal computer linked to the mainframe, videocassette recorders and players in faculty offices and classrooms, and high-technology electronic classrooms and language laboratories. Software, special programs, services, and materials include word processing software, grammar drill and text treatment software, administrative software, electronic mail, telephone communications network, facsimile transmission, photocopying, slide and movie projectors, video and audio recording collections, visual aids, direct satellite television transmissions, interactive video in progress, and a computer-accessible library information network. Considerations in the use of these resources include careful organization, balancing authentic materials with discussion time, and advance planning on the teacher's part. Several typical uses of the technology illustrate the variety of resources that can be integrated into one lesson or unit, for either syllabus preparation or classroom use, creating a powerful learning environment based on authentic cultural sounds and images. (MSE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Naval Academy MD
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Bridging Theory and Practice in the Foreign Language Classroom (Baltimore, MD, October 18-20, 1991).